The Child Development Center was established in January 1975 with the Preschool Program serving children ages 3 - 5. Infants and toddlers began enrolling in 1990. Today, approximately 200 children are enrolled each semester.
- To provide an educational, culturally relevant, and developmentally appropriate program for children and future early educators.
- To create a partnership in which student parents gain support toward college success and improved parenting skills.
- To provide a laboratory setting where a variety of disciplines, including Child Development, Culinary and Nursing, may observe and/or interact with children. With assistance from Child Development Center staff, students enhance their skills and knowledge of early care and education principles.
To provide an educational, culturally relevant, and developmentally appropriate program for children; focuses on the whole child, school readiness, and the promotion of lifelong learning.
The Mt. San Antonio College Child Development Center strives to respect the rights and needs of all children and their families. This is possible through the forming of a partnership with parents and the community. Working together this essential partnership allows the Mt. SAC CDC to provide developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate experiences for children that leads to both academic and life “success” for each child.
We believe that young children enter the Center with a sense of wonder and an innate interest in learning. They often develop an incredible appetite for knowledge when they have learning experiences that are engaging and enjoyable. We know that positive experiences in which children can make choices and explore helps them feel competent and confident.
The Mt. San Antonio College Child Development Center takes a holistic view of and approach to early education and care which takes into account the developmental level of each individual child specifically in the areas of cognitive, social – emotional, language and physical (both gross and fine motor) development.